District of Columbia — The State Department announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the INF Treaty, a cold war agreement that ultimately calmed the tensions of an ongoing nuclear arms race. The move is the latest escalation in U.S.- Russian relations, as President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that punished Russia with a new set of sanctions.
In their explanation, the State Department made the decision after they “failed to return to full and verified compliance through the destruction of its noncompliant missile system.” Further, they blast Russia over the matter saying in part, “Russia is solely responsible for the treaty’s demise”, “With the full support of our NATO Allies, the United States has determined Russia to be in material breach of the treaty, and has subsequently suspended our obligations under the treaty”, and “The United States will not remain party to a treaty that is deliberately violated by Russia. Russia’s noncompliance under the treaty jeopardizes U.S. supreme interests as Russia’s development and fielding of a treaty-violating missile system represents a direct threat to the United States and our allies and partners.”
Russia has repeatedly frustrated and interfered in American interests over the last few years, including interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, using chemical warfare, and its occupation of Ukraine to name a few of the ongoing issues.